Archives for the month of: October, 2011

As I’m sure you are all aware, October is almost over. As tragic as this is, it means that it’s time for another First Friday Art on the Town!

This coming Friday there are several very exciting events going on at the DCCA. Boshko Boskovic’s new show Not So Distant Memory is opening at the DCCA and Boskovic will be giving a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

Now if that wasn’t exciting enough, three of the MFA Biennial artists will also be at the DCCA! Emily Erb, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Erica Prince will be giving a gallery talk after Boskovic. Also, a little  insiders’ information, one of the MFA artists (I won’t tell you which) will have a piece of her work available for purchase. So make sure you come down to the DCCA this Friday and check out the show!

Also, keep those votes coming! Currently, Steven Riddle is in the lead with 54% of the votes, followed by Guy Loraine with 13%! Note: the system will only let you vote once! Click here to vote!

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So with all this talk about biennials, some of you may be wondering what a biennial is. According to the Asia Art Archive,

The word ‘Biennale’ is Italian and means “every other year”. Thus, biennale describes an event that happens every two years. Biennial is the English spelling of the word Biennale. The first international biennial was the Venice Biennale inaurgated in 1895.

With the plethora of biennials over the years, the notion of the word has evolved to refer to, most commonly, as a large-scale exhibition held periodically to showcase international contemporary art and simultaneously act as a vehicle from which to establish the cultural positioning of a city.

The Asia Art Archive also gives lots of other fun facts about biennials. Such as:

Biennials/Triennials currently active: over 60

Year with most number of biennials held: 2005 with 27

Percentage of biennials initiated by the government vs independent: 65%: 35%

Jeffrey Moser, "Fordland Series (Thrill Seekers)", April 2011, Single channel video

Check out this article by writer, curator, and Goldsmiths, University of London professor, Irit Rogoff, about the educational turn in curating.

According to Moscow born artist, Anton Vidokle, the answer is yes. Why? Find out in this article Anton Vidokle and Martha Rosler wrote for Art Lies about the project, unitednationsplaza.

Curious how people are responding to Masters of the Visual Universe? Check out what one viewer had to say below.

“I thought Master’s of the Visual Universe was extremely engaging both mentally and in the physical sense. Each artist’s work expressed a unique underlying message that caused me to truly think about what I was looking at. I found Emily Erb’s silk interpretation of Picasso’s original work on war and power to be both visually beautiful as well as psychologically stimulating. I think Maiza’s efforts to create a show that was engaging and interactive for the viewer were wonderfully effective.”  – Julianna Broz

Julianna Broz is an undergraduate student at the University of Delaware.

Want your thoughts about the show to be heard? Leave a comment on this post!

If you’ve check out The Schools of Masters of the Visual Universe, you may have noticed that one of the schools in the show has a community-based MFA program.

Carnegie Mellon has a component of their MFA program called the Contextual Practice. Contextual Practice encourages students to create art which is socially engaging and responses to a a particular context. Click here to visit Carnegie Mellon’s Contextual Practice page.

Jill Fannon, "Pillow-Face", December 2011, Chromogenic Inkjet Print, 22" x 32"

Curious about the in’s and out’s of a community-based MFA program? Check out the School of Visual Arts’ blog dedicated to their new Art Practice MFA program: The A/P Blog. Not only will you find some great information about the Art Practice MFA program but you’ll also find some great links to community-based works created by the faculty at SVA.

SVA’s Art Practice MFA program is mentioned in this article in the Huffington Post about community-based art by Daniel Grant. Grant also wrote “The Art of Community Engagement”.

Take a moment and vote for your favorite artist in the MFA Biennial.